New version of acclaimed Mazda 3 ready to go

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Motoring Correspondent

New version of acclaimed Mazda 3 ready to go

WITH global production having passed five million cars at the end of April 2016, the acclaimed Mazda3 is updated with the launch of the 2017 Mazda3, available from €23,295 ex works.

Highlights across the full hatchback and saloon range include the introduction of first ever G-Vectoring Control (GVC), the debut of Mazda’s SKYACTIV-VEHICLE DYNAMICS technology in the Mazda3 range.

G-Vectoring Control is the first system in the new SKYACTIV-VEHICLE DYNAMICS range of technology that provides integrated control of the engine, transmission, chassis and body.

GVC varies engine torque to optimise the load on each wheel, providing more precise handling as well as a smoother ride under virtually any driving conditions. Diesel-powered versions of Mazda’s newest compact get high-precision boost control, which enhances accelerator responsiveness.

Advanced active and pre-crash safety equipment includes Advanced Smart City Brake Support (Advanced SCBS). Its forward-sensing camera replaces the current system’s laser, expanding the speed range for detecting other vehicles while adding pedestrian detection capabilities.

The 2017 Mazda3 range will start at €23,295 (RRP) and the powertrain line-up will continue to feature two clean diesels, the SKYACTIV-D 1.5 (105 PS) and SKYACTIV-D 2.2 (150 PS).

There are now two naturally aspirated SKYACTIV-G petrol engines – the SKYACTIV-G 1.5 (100 PS) and the new efficient SKYACTIV-G 2.0 (120 PS) completing the Mazda3 powertrain choice. They are mated to a crisp shifting six-speed SKYACTIV-MT manual or SKYACTIV-Drive automatic transmission.